Flooding takes its toll on East Sussex

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It has been a wet Christmas for Sussex as heavy rain sparked flood warnings from the Environment Agency, caused delays on the roads and meant sports matches were called off this last week.

As the Sussex Express went to press on Thursday December 27, many flood alerts issued by the Environment Agency remained in force, including the Winterbourne Stream in the Southover area of Lewes, the Upper Ouse and tributaries from Slaugham to Barcombe Mills and the Cuckmere River and tributaries from Vines Cross to Exceat Bridge.

Cuckmere Valley flooding

Cuckmere Valley flooding

Barcombe was the scene of a dramatic rescue as three cars became trapped in rising floodwater on Thursday December 20 when the River Ouse burst its banks.

Fire fighters helped eight people out of the vehicles, which were surrounded by 3ft of water.

Earlier in the day, the A27 at Firle had to be closed during the rush hour due to flooding on the road and an earlier accident.

Flooding this week also affected roads in Lower Horsebridge, Alfriston, Hailsham and Herstmonceux, while in Alfriston even the car park was under water.

To make matters worse the Met Office even issued a severe weather warning on Christmas Eve.

While there is a generally improving picture in East Sussex, the Met Office was warning further travel disruption and flooding was possible due to waterlogged ground and high river levels.